The Eisenia Fetida also known as the red worm is one of the newest additions to our school. A pound of worms was just recently ordered and have since then arrived at the school.
The worms home is a composting worm bin. In this bin the worms will eat fruits, vegetables, peelings, cores, tea bags, bread, pasta, grains, shredded black print newspaper, coffee grounds, and hair. When the worms eat these scraps, they take care of the methane gas associated with them in a environmentally friendly way.
After the worms are done digesting these things, they make vermicompost (or worm manure). Now while this sounds gross, it's actually an excellent fertilizer. Vermicompost contains exorbitant amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which makes it one of the best organic fertilizers out there.
The red worm has an average life span of two years, and in a pound there are 1,000 of them. Under favourable conditions, red worms will double there population in the course of 3 months. This is crazy because after two years of owning the worms, we could have up to 256,000 of them.
The red worms are going to be a long term project for this school, but they will be worth it. Not only will the worms help our school become more environmentally friendly, but it also gives students a great opportunity to work on a cross-curricular project. The worms give students a chance to learn in many fields including chemistry, environmental science, math, and biology
Overall, these worms are a great learning experience for our students and they'll help the environment at the same time. What's not to love about worms!